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Friday, September 29, 2023
Sept. 29, 2023

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New athletic directors at Columbia-White Salmon, Stevenson and Washougal

Howard Kreps retired after more than 30 years in White Salmon

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

It has been a summer of change in the Columbia River Gorge.

Howard Kreps, who served as athletic director at Columbia High School in White Salmon for 30 years, retired in June.

“It’s just time for me to get up each morning and do what I want to do and not deal with all the day-to-day stuff everyday — so that’s good, and we’ll see where things take me,” Kreps told the Columbia Gorge News. “The last few years have been a real struggle because I’ve had some health issues and my wife passed away, and then I was dealing with COVID problems at work, so the last four years have not been that much fun.”

Justin Frazier was hired to replace Kreps as girls basketball coach at Columbia.

John Hallead resigned as athletic director at Stevenson High School to return to Columbia High, where he will serve as the Bruins boys basketball coach. Hallead served previous stints as football and baseball coach for the Bruins.

Chris Perk was hired as the new athletic director and dean of students at Stevenson High.

Stevenson also hired Odine Obias as girls basketball coach, replacing Jereth Robinson, and Ryan Fielding as baseball coach, replacing Kyle Vander Borght.

And in the gateway to the gorge, Washougal High School hired Brian Wilde as its new associate principal and athletic director, replacing Gary McGarvie. McGarvie moved to another role within the district.

Wilde was previously an associate principal at Camas High School. He is a Camas High alum.

“I am really looking forward to joining the Washougal community and supporting adults who are working to create transformative experiences for students at WHS, both in and out of the classroom,” Wilde said.

Brian Wilde
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